"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Write Another Book? I Dunno . . .

The Bay Area Book Festival was held June 4 & 5, 2016 in Berkeley, California. Rob Bell signed copies of his "How to Be Here." He talked about -- write another book? Photo by Barbara Newhall

Rob Bell signed copies of his book and greeted well-wishers at the Bay Area Book Festival. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

“Barbara, you’ve got to write another book,” a southern California friend said — quite emphatically — after finishing “Wrestling with God.”

And the other night, at a meeting of the Left Coast Writers salon at Book Passage in Marin, a fellow writer asked, “What’s your next book going to be?”

Another book? I dunno . . .

I don’t mind the effortful process of writing a book. Writing is [Read more…]

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Jesus Was a Loser — Does That Make Donald Trump a Winner?

Barbara Falconer Newhall with Scott Dikkers, editor of "Trump's America: The Complete Loser's Guide" at Book Expo America 2016. Photo by Barbara Newhall

One of the fun people I met at Book Expo America in Chicago was Scott Dikkers, editor of “Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide.” I went home with a copy of his belly laugh of a book. Barbara Newhall photo

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Does this sound like Donald Trump talking — “Jesus was a loser, a nobody who couldn’t keep his hair out of his eyes and whose apostles were a bunch of weirdos and lowlifes.” As for God, “he was a Grade-A loser who couldn’t control his brand.”

If it does sound like The Donald bloviating on the topic of faith, that’s because no less a comic light than Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion, [Read more…]

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Scaling the Mighty Willis Tower — With My Acrophilic Husband

View of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago from the Willis Tower, Chicago. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Looking east over Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago from Willis Tower. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The Willis Tower — aka the Sears Tower — is Jon’s kind of place. High up, with a view that goes on forever.

I’ve known about Jon’s acrophilia for a very long time — ever since we made a trip to Europe together, early in our romance. I’d been to Europe before, so [Read more…]

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Oakland Tribune: The Trib Is Dead, Long Live the Tribbers

The Oakland Tribune Tower. On April 4, 2016, former employees of the Oakland, California, Tribune, had a wake in honor of the paper's last day of publication. Photos by Barbara Newhall

On the Oakland Tribune’s last day of publication, dozens of former employees marked the day with a trip to the top of the 1923 Tribune Tower. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Another newspaper has bit the dust. The last edition of the 150-year-old Oakland Tribune with its familiar gothic nameplate was stuffed into local news racks and tossed onto driveways around San Francisco’s East Bay on Monday morning, April 4. Twenty-four hours later, the Oakland Tribune would be no more.

It would be subsumed, along with a handful of other Bay Area newspapers, [Read more…]

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My Purple Rain Garden: Is the Universe Trying to Tell Me Something?

Pansies so purple they appear black -- are they flourishing in honor of Purple Rain by pop singer Prince? Photo by Barbara Newhall

Pansies so purple they appear black — are they flourishing in honor of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain?’ Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Lots of rain this year. And lots of purple out in our front yard. Purple nemesia. Purple irises. Purple salvia. Pansies so purple they read as black. Why so much purple? What [Read more…]

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